Climate change? It comes and goes, Trump says

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US President Donald Trump has accused climate change scientists of having a "political agenda" as he cast doubt on whether humans were responsible for the earth's rising temperatures.

Trump, who has previously called the worsening phenomenon a hoax, added that he no longer believed that was the case but expressed that he did not believe that it is manmade.

Again, Trump suggested he was skeptical about the findings, which were reported by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

'What about the scientists who say it's worse than ever?' Stahl inquired.

Trump replied: "You'd have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda".

At least 18 people died in the storm which has been labelled the third-strongest on record in the US.

On melting ice caps causing sea-level rise, Trump said: "And you don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man".

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The report said keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". "The report makes clear that even a half-degree increase in warming makes a huge difference - damaging our economy and our future", Keith Gaby, senior communications director at the Environmental Defense Fund, told IFLScience, adding: "We think it is possible to limit warming if we act boldly and quickly". "Man-made or not, I mean there's something there. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs", Trump said in an interview with the CBS broadcaster.

Mr. Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 when he sent a tweet stating, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

His comments on Sunday came less than a week after the publication of a landmark United Nations report which said "human activities" had already caused global warming of approximately one degree Celsius since pre-industrial times.

But Stahl was more interested in hearing what Trump had to say about the actual proof of a changing climate.

On Sunday's 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl sat down with Donald Trump to hit on an array of topics including hurricane Michael, which has claimed 19 lives in the Florida panhandle.

Trump: They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael.